In case you didn’t know, I am a journalism student, sophomore year. This semester is all about Europe, so of course we visited Brussels. Basically the heart of the European Union. For three days, morning to night we wandered around the beautiful city. Exploring every little thing. The shops, the European Parliament, christmas markets, local bars, I absolutely loved it.
We spent three days in a hotel with the best location, only a 5 to 10 minute walk to all the shops and a 5 minute walk to the subway station. What else do you want in a big city like that?
With half of the students we went to the news company Politico. It is a news company that covers the politics, policy and personalities of the European Union. They told us about how they work, their experiences and almost anything a journalist needs to know if you ever think about working in that area.
After Politico we went back to our hotel, got changed and went looking for a restaurant. Let me tell you, it is not easy to pick a restaurant when you’re walking around an unfamiliar city with 9 people, all different opinions. But in the end we found a lovely burger restaurant and oh my, those burgers were so good.
One tip though: don’t eat a lot before you go on a two hour long walk through the city of Brussesls. I do not recommend.
But we had a wonderful, but cold, tour in Brussels. My favourite part was this place (see picture below), the biggest christmas tree I had ever seen, christmas music echoing off the buildings, as a christmas lover: it was my dream, honestly.
Our day started early at 7AM. It was not my favourite day, but it sure was very interesting. We visited the European Commission, attended a press briefing, went over to the European Parliament, talked to several politicians from all over the world. If you’re into politics, that day would have been incredible. For me however, it was just a very long day of listening to so many different people in different languages.
But the day ended wonderful, with a small group of people we went to a fancy cafe, with the priciest hot chocolate I had ever seen. It was so worth it.
The last day, sad face, was a bit chaotic and very, very rainy. We visited the studios of Brussels. It is one big lot with different buildings: the tv-studios, radio-studios, it is all there.
Since I watched the Belgian television quite a lot in my younger years- gosh I sound so old- it was so surreal to actually see it all in real life.
The day ended with us going to the cutest lunchroom named ‘Whale’, the food was so good there. Unfortunately I was so hungry I ate it all before I took a picture, but I can promise you it was good.
It was my first visit to Brussels, but it certainly won’t be the last.
To all my Dutch and Belgian readers, I actually vlogged in Brussels! You can watch it here:
What is your favourite city to visit?